UOB launched several initiatives to cultivate awareness of environmental protection among the young. Our green efforts also extended to employee volunteerism activities, encouraging colleagues and children beneficiaries to reduce, to reuse and to recycle. We also eliminated single-use plastics where possible and replaced them with environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Reaching out to conserve nature
Close to 280 children participated in six UOB Eco-Excursions organised in Singapore and Malaysia that aimed to raise awareness on environmental sustainability among the young.
Hands-on learning of waste management
In 2019, 38 children from Whee!Canopus Student Care Centre were guided by UOB employee volunteers on an educational visit to the National Museum of Singapore where they learnt about the effects that packaging has on the environment.
Promoting sustainability through art
UOB sponsored three sustainability-themed art workshops at Malaysia’s Ipoh International Art Festival 2019. One of which was conducted by 2019 UOB Painting of the Year Malaysia top winner Ms Cheng Yen Pheng, who showed how to make paper out of mulberry pulp.
Reducing food waste meaningfully
In 2019, 13,000 nutritious meals for the disadvantaged were prepared from edible surplus food by UOB in partnership with various food rescue charities in Hong Kong.
As part of our holistic sustainability initiatives, UOB provided avenues for customers to recycle their old and used red packets in an environmentally- friendly way through our Lunar New Year Upcycling Programme. 1,000 kg of used red packets were collected across 20 UOB branches to repurpose them into 20 tables and 200 coasters to benefit 8 charitable organisations.
Our UOB Heartbeat Virtual Eco-Excursion treated 100 underprivileged students to a virtual nature learning journey to learn the importance of environmental sustainability and conservation.
UOB Thailand joined Advanced Info Service PLC and 11 partners on an E-Waste initiative project "Green Phahonyothin“. It invited a new generation of colleagues to build awareness to dispose of E- Waste correctly. Together, the initiative reached more than 31,000 Facebook users and collected more than 6,500 pieces of E-Waste.
From Waste To Wonder is a sustainability web-series by UOB to showcase how #foodrescue and #foodart can come together in our daily lives, by turning #uglyfood to beautiful bentos. It encouraged our community to play our part to reduce food wastage.